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Tamnavulin ‘Sherry Cask Edition’ (2019, OB, 40%)

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In Scotch Whisky the letter T is not always synonymous with enjoyment. With the exception of Talisker, the others do not always enjoy excellent printing… Among them, Tamnavulin is no exception, who stands out in all of his adamantine cement factory ugliness on the banks of the Livet. Built in 1966 as Tamnavulin-Glenlivet, passed to the White & Mackay group, closed and then reopened, it produces a spirit for the vast majority used in the production of blended whisky. Among the (few) official single malt range, here comes this Sherry cask edition, a NAS that comes away for three ten euri cards and for this we already like it.

N: the scent of alcohol can be smelled, even if it is not repelling: wood polish, for example? Then lots of fruit, fresh and exuberant: black cherry in spirit, ripe peaches, red apples, wild strawberries. Do not think, however, of a ‘dark’ or heavy profile, on the contrary, it remains rather fresh.

P: we expected a half disaster, honestly, but in reality we have to push down our prejudices. The body is easy, thanks to the gradation, but there’s still a lot of fruit: strawberry jam first of all, then apple, peach and a bit of red oranges. Compared to the nose, the sweetest and creamiest part grows.

F: it closes clearly spicier, with obvious ginger. Then again red fruits, peaches and apples. Not very long but pleasant.

Great surprise, we deserve the pillory for our preconceptions. The fact is that we have had many delusions in the past, from these NAS with a shady profile. This Tamnavulin instead seems to us an honest entry level where the fruit is the master. Not a prodigy of depth, but a pleasant drink and all in all intense despite the 40 degrees. An extra point then for the quality/price ratio. We will be venali, but it is a 83/100.

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